Mother and Child 1932 (LH 121)


green Horton stone
height 83cm

photo: Richard Calvocoressi

From very early on I have had an obsession with the Mother and Child theme. It has been a universal theme from the beginning of time and some of the earliest sculptures we’ve found from the Neolithic Age are of a Mother and Child. I discovered when drawing, I could turn every little scribble, blot or smudge into a mother and Child. (Later, I did the same with the Reclining Figure theme!) So that I was conditioned, as it were, to see it in everything. I suppose it could be explained as a "Mother" complex.

Henry Moore quoted in Henry Spencer Moore, photgraphed and edited by John Hedgecoe, words by Henry Moore, Nelson, London; Simon and Schuster, New York 1968, p.61

● In addition to the sculptures listed on this website several drawings by Henry Moore can be found in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s collection.